On the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia, where endless green mountains meet sheltered Pacific Ocean waters, Powell River provides a stimulating blend of outdoor adventure and cultural amenities. Originally founded as a resource extraction centre – once home to the world’s largest pulp and paper mill – Powell River now offers adventurers countless opportunities for kayaking, canoeing, rock climbing, golfing, boating, hiking, biking, fishing, and scuba diving. This area is host to world-class art galleries, tremendous dining opportunities, and memorable events and festivals.
On the doorstep of both Vancouver and Vancouver Island, the Powell River region offers an array of experiences for travelers of all kinds, no matter the season. Experience the legendary Sunshine Coast Trail and Powell Forest Canoe Route, rock-climb the Eldred Valley, snowshoe in the Knuckleheads; this is the adventure destination you’ve long been waiting for.
Powell River officially started off as an industrial centre.Before that, the area was part of the Sliammon First Nation's territory. Today this upper Sunshine Coast community is best-known as an outdoor recreation mecca with a friendly, laidback vibe.
Powell River's mill town roots are on display in the historic Townsite, celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2010. Check out landmark buildings like the Patricia Theatre, Dwight Hall, and the Rodmay Hotel